It hasn’t taken long for the HTC Vive, made in partnership with Half-Life developer Valve, to become one of the most anticipated virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) on the horizon. That’s in part thanks to the user tracking provided by Steam VR and also due to the fact that, unlike most of its competitors, the Vive has a 2015 consumer release date. Both companies have been fairly restrictive in showcasing the device thus far, but HTC will be taking the kit on a world tour to market its launch.
HTC connected products global marketing boss Jeff Gattis recently confirmed as much to MCV. Speaking to the site, Gattis revealed plans to bring the kit to locations in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific for consumers to sample. “We want to set up at popular events, showing up at game shows, developer conferences, universities and letting people try it,” Gattis said. “The challenge for all of us in the VR space is that there is no way to describe it. Nothing comes close to simulating what it’s actually like.
“We’re going to make a big push to get this in front of people and let them experience it without having to buy it. That’s also going to help broaden the overall adoption.”
Specific dates for the events are yet to be announced, though don’t expect them to take place until much closer to the Vive’s holiday 2015 release as development kits aren’t scheduled to be spent out to studios until later this spring. The Vive offers user tracking in an area of up to 15 feet by 15 feet, though will also allow for seated experiences. The system also features two tracked controllers. At this month’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), Valve showcased a range of demos including on that utilised its popular Portal franchise.
VRFocus will continue to follow the HTC Vive closely, reporting back with any further updates on the device.